Opinion divided on plans for 20mph speed limits

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A NATIONAL driving organisation has claimed that 20 mph speed limits — with a scheme proposed by Nottingham City Council for roads in Bulwell — are ‘ineffective’ in reducing road accidents.

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) says in a statement: “There are now frequent calls from road safety fanatics for 20 mph speed limits to be imposed on all suburban roads, even major “A” roads that run through towns and cities.

“But the historic evidence is being ignored. Before 1930, Great Britain had a blanket 20 mph speed limit across the whole country. But road deaths in the year before this limit was abandoned were about 7,300, compared with about 1,900 in recent years. They also fell in the years immediately after 1930 when they had been rising before.

 

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